Target makes beauty shopping a bit easier

Target is focused on making beauty shopping easier given it offers more than 1,000 beauty brands. It's taking a three-pronged approach to make product exploration and discovery easy that blends physical and digital to drive shopping convenience, according to a...

Amazon's Whole Foods grocery delivery service hits a few more markets

Denver, Sacramento and San Diego Amazon Prime members can now enjoy free two-hour delivery, on orders more than $35, from Whole Foods Market. The new delivery areas, announced by Amazon in a press release, brings Whole Foods Market service delivery...

Baltimore airport expands retail entrepreneur support

The WI Marshall Airport in Baltimore, operated by Fraport USA, is aiming to expand its pilot LaunchPad retail entrepreneurship initiative into a full fledged entity. The LaunchPad, created in collaboration with the Maryland Aviation Administration, according to the Baltimore Sun,...

Kmart: Bring your Toys R Us gift cards to us

As Toys R Us continues to move forward in its reorganization and bankruptcy process, fellow retail competitor Kmart is offering to help consumers who may be holding Toys R Us gift cards. Kmart, according to a Newsday report, will accept the cards in exchange for its FREECASH reward program.

Amazon offering in-home gadget service

On the heels of announcing a partnership with Best Buy to sell its Fire-enabled televisions, Amazon is reportedly also setting up its own 'Geek Squad' initiative much like Best Buy's technology support service. The move, according to a Recode report,...

Amazon partners with Best Buy on Amazon Fire TV strategy

Amazon is partnering with Best Buy in an exclusive agreement to sell its Amazon Fire smart televisions sold via Best Buy's Insignia brand and Toshiba. The strategy, which will kick off this summer, is to expand Amazon’s Fire TV brand within the brick-and-mortar landscape, according to a USA Today report.

Walmart mulling PillPack delivery service acquisition, claim reports

In yet another move to expand way beyond typical retailing Walmart is reportedly mulling the acquisition of medication delivery player PillPack. Discussion on the purchase, estimated by CNBC as under $1 billion, have been going on for months, according to...

Amazon prepping 6 more Go stores, claims report

Amazon is getting six more Amazon Go stores ready, according to a Recode report, with some likely opening in Seattle, where the first Amazon Go store opened in January. Sources told Recode that Amazon is working with developer Rick Caruso about opening a location at The Grove where he owns an outdoor shopping plaza.

Amazon launching Whole Foods Market delivery service

Amazon Prime members living near a Whole Foods Market will be able to tap free 2-hour delivery as long as they're buying $35 in goods from the supermarket chain that Amazon bought in 2017. The service starts today in a...

Walmart partners with Japan e-commerce player Rakuten

Walmart is teaming up with Rakuten, Japan’s biggest ecommerce retailer, on an online grocery effort in Japan, according to an NPR report. The U.S. retailer will provide a channel for Rakuten to sell digital books and audiobooks in the U.S.,...

Consumers like self-service more than associate interaction, reveals survey

If consumers have a choice they're more likely to tap self-service technology versus interacting with a retail sales associate, according to a SOTI survey. The survey revealed that 66 percent of shoppers preferred self-service and self-checkout is by far the...

Amazon Go store now open to the public

Amazon is opening its cashierless Amazon Go store to consumers in Seattle today, following a 14-month trial with company employees, according to The Seattle Times. Upon entering, customers scan a smartphone app that registers them into the store. After grabbing...

Analyst: Pokemon Go proves AR beats VR

GlobalData, a data and analytics company, believes augmented reality has a greater future ahead of it than virtual reality. The company argues virtual reality has very limited applications whereas augmented reality has many potential uses, such as Pokemon Go, according...

Arizona hospital prescribes self-serve kiosk for prescriptions

A self-serve kiosk at Bayless Integrated Healthcare's Dobson Ranch in Mesa, Arizona, enables patients to receive prescriptions and over-the-counter medications immediately following an appointment, according to the East Valley Tribune. The APM Pharmacy kiosk verifies patients using their IDs and...

Theatro, Curbside partner on click and collect customer experience

Theatro is partnering with Curbside in a quest to improve the 'click and collect' customer experience when it comes to in-store pickup of online orders in the retail segment. The collaboration will provide retailers great efficiency and empower retail associates...

Kiosk Information Systems partners with gift registration platform provider

Kiosk Information Systems has partnered with Jifiti Gifting Solutions, provider of a gift registration platform, on a self-service gift registry experience for retailers and brands, according to a press release. Registrants can create and manage their gift lists using the...

Pepper the robot now an airport restaurant greeter

Travelers can expect to see more of the 4-foot tall humanoid, Pepper the robot, at select HMSHost North American airport restaurants, according to a press release. Pepper greets and engages traveling guests, provides menu details and even offers menu recommendations....

Tax bill may impact retailer strategy in several ways

Retailers will likely be hiring less workers and embracing automation technology due to the new federal tax laws. The first place to be automated will likely be the cash register, given lower new equipment costs that will come into play...

Walmart testing new personal shopping experience

Walmart is reportedly tapping text to provide a new personalized shopping experience for the wealthy busy mom. The mega retailer, according to a Recode report, is beta testing a new service that will give shoppers item recommendations and allow purchase...

NYC Amtrak boosts travel experience

Amtrak is focused on helping consumers and travelers find their way around New York City's Penn Station more easily with a new "FindYourWay" app, according to a Newsday report. The app provides mobile device users information on gates, trains, exits,...

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